They are wheeling the 'heavies' of feminism in support of the dimpled one ...
Gloria Steinem weighs in on Trudeau ladies event
[i]'Ladies Night' fundraiser not inappropriate, according to feminist legend
Gloria Steinem, one of the most famous leaders of the feminist movement, says there was nothing inappropriate about the recent ‘Ladies Night’ event featuring Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau that was deemed sexist by some and caused so much controversy.
The “Justin Unplugged” event, held on Nov. 7 in Toronto, was organized by a group of women and a colourful invitation with Trudeau’s head shot read: “Ladies, you’re invited to (really) get to know the future prime minister.” It included the following questions on the poster: “What is the biggest issue facing women? What’s your favourite virtue? Who are your real life heroes?”
Proceeds from the $250-a-head cocktail event went to the Judy LaMarsh fund that helps women Liberal candidates.
Conservative MP Michelle Rempel was one of the strongest voices that spoke out against the event, blasting its tone and calling it patronizing. Rempel was joined by some of her caucus colleagues and also by NDP MPs such as Megan Leslie and Niki Ashton, who were all united in saying "all issues are women’s issues."
Steinem was asked for her thoughts on the event following a speech at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., on Monday.
"Certainly to have an event to encourage women to get into political life is not inappropriate at all,” she said in an interview. “If the problem is that there was a kind of a small sexual implication to come and get to know Trudeau … I think it's so innocuous because it was coming from the group itself.
“When a particular group talks about itself it's different from it being defined from the outside. Would I have written a different invitation? Maybe, but it just seems so inconsequential and apparently your Conservatives have no sense of humour," Steinem said.
See, Cosmo ... it's like the N-word. Feminists can be sexist -- in fact, how else could they be anything else since their whole programme is "More for Women"? And a lot of their political agitation is simply aimed at ruining things for men.
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Carting out Steinem is about as Trudeau-esk as it gets.
The way this event was marketed was a gaffe, it looks like the invitation to a sweet 16 party and has the text of a backpages escort ad.
An event for men or in general would have never been marketed in this manner and anyone who has followed politics for more then a year knows that.
The Liberals should have known better and we all know that.
An event marketed to grown ups deserves more respect than this event is giving them, having Steinem come out and say its not sexist rather than simply apologizing for the incredibly poor taste of the event is about as Trudeau-legacy as it gets.
"He isn't wrong, even when he is"
Should be across their coat of arms.
While members of the CPC and NDP have called the event sexist;
My first thought is simply that this is how you need to market Justin.
He is the least experienced Politically and Professionally of all five party leaders;
No one is paying 250 bucks to hear his thoughts on global trade or foreign affairs.
You have to market him like a teen idol;
He is the Justin Bieber of politics and the fact that his own party has acknowledge that with this sort of approach to marketing him shows they understand his lack of substance.
And yet, the team behind him seems to be quite disciplined. All of this is contrived. They almost certainly court this slightly-rogueish 'edge', as if to rectify his softness, his essential conformity. He isn't so much bohemian as just rich-kid feckless.
The way they look on this, it's all publicity. Free. Maybe it'll be more valuable to them than the 'donations' they get.
The thing is ... he has acting experience. He knows how to learn his lines. Sure, he looks like a rival to Justin Bieber with this event but all he has to do is murmur a few reflections on abortion, for example ... something amiguous, something Bill Clinton might say ... to have the media all buzzing about his 'gravitas'.
And, meanwhile, he hasn't pinned himself to any actual position relevant to politics right now in Canada.
I dunno, Cosmo. It seems to me he's playing it by the playbook.
It seems that Nik Nanos thinks it's working. First of all, women give him a big edge, and overall, Trudeau is the guy most Canadians would like to see as PM.
I dunno ... I don't put much credence in polls released to the public, a long time from an election. But you put more ... it seems you have to concede to him a certain degree of success where it counts -- in public opinion. How do you account for that?
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